EUROPEAN COOL ROOFS COUNCIL
25.11.2017

Product Rating Programme

What I have to do to become a ECRC Accredited Testing Laboratory

There are three different testing laboratory types accepted by the ECRC:

  1. Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory: A testing laboratory that is accreditedby an Accreditation Organization to test the Radiative Properties of Roofing Products and is completely independent from any Manufacturer or Seller. This laboratory is accredited to operate according to ISO 17025(2005) complying with the requirements described in the Manual; or
  2. Accredited Manufacturer Testing Laboratory: A testing laboratory affiliated with a Seller or Manufacturer that is accredited by an Accreditation Organization to test the Radiative Properties of Roofing Products. This laboratory is accredited to operate according to ISO17025(2005) complying with the requirements of described in the Manual; or
  3. Approved Independent Testing Laboratory: An independent testing laboratory, having initiated the procedures for ISO17025 (2005) accreditation for the measurement of at least one of the radiative properties of roofing materials, that has received formal recognition by the ECRC for having demonstrated technical competency to perform specific types of tests, in accordance with the specifications and requirements described in this Manual. Only applicable for the first year of operation of the ECRC Roofing Product rating program and only if at national level there is no other Accredited Laboratory to perform the specific type of measurement.

In order to become an ECRC accredited/ approved laboratory your organization must complete the following steps and submit the following documents and fees to the European Cool Roofs Council:

  1. Complete ECRC Laboratory Participation Application Form
  2. Demonstrate certification under ISO-17025 and/ or capability to perform specific radiative properties measurements by providing:
    • Copy of Accreditation Certificate (applicable to accredited testing laboratories)
    • Evidence of certification by an ECRC Approved ECRC Approved Accreditation Organization, complying with ISO 17011 (applicable to accredited testing laboratories)
    • A listing of standards and test methods that the laboratory is accredited to perform. (applicable to accredited testing laboratories)
    • A signed statement and documentation to indicate that it has started the ISO 17025 certification procedure and provide timescales for accreditation within that year (applicable to approved testing laboratories)
    • Statement by the ECRC secretariat that the laboratory has successfully completed an ECRC Interlaboratory comparison (ILC) test (applicable to approved testing laboratories)
  1. Sign a statement of independence (only applicable to independent test laboratories)
  2. Sign the Accredited/Approved Testing Laboratory Agreement
  3. Pay the ECRC the agreed fee (ECRC-H-5)

Table1. List of documents to be submitted to the ECRC In order to become an ECRC accredited/ approved laboratory

Document

Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory Accredited Manufacturer Testing Laboratory Approved Independent Testing Laboratory
Accredited/Approved Laboratory Participation Application Form ECRC-F-4 ECRC-F-4 ECRC-F-4
Signed statement
of independence
X
X
ISO 17025 Accreditation Certificate X X
List of standards and test methods that the laboratory is accredited to perform X X X
Copy of application for the ISO 17025 accreditation

X
Signed statement that the ISO 17025 process is in progress and schedule to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation within 1yr


X
Statement by the ECRC secretariat that the laboratory has successfully completed an ECRC ILC test

X
Accredited/Approved Testing Laboratory Agreement ECRCL-1 ECRCL-1 ECRCL-1
Appropriate fees ECRC-H-5 ECRC-H-5 ECRC-H-5



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